• Wine and Climate Change: Winemaking in a New World
    Wine and Climate Change: Winemaking in a New World
    by L. J. Johnson-Bell
  • Pairing Wine and Food: A Handbook for All Cuisines
    Pairing Wine and Food: A Handbook for All Cuisines
    by Linda Johnson-Bell
  • Home Cellar Guide Hb
    Home Cellar Guide Hb
    by Linda Johnson-Bell
  • Quel vin pour quel plat ?
    Quel vin pour quel plat ?
    by Linda Johnson-Bell
  • Great Wine Tours of the World
    Great Wine Tours of the World
    Barnes and Noble Books
  • The Wine Collector's Handbook
    The Wine Collector's Handbook
    by Linda Johnson
  • De juiste wijn bij het juiste gerecht
    De juiste wijn bij het juiste gerecht
    by Johnson-Bell Linda

  • Good Food, Fine Wine: A Practical Guide to Finding the Perfect Match
    Good Food, Fine Wine: A Practical Guide to Finding the Perfect Match



I have been a wine professional, writing about, editing, publishing, tasting and judging wine since 1995, and a wine lover since much longer.  Here, it is my intent to celebrate the traditional (but never boring), the indigenous, and the terroir-driven wines ... the wines that speak to us, with passion, of the place from whence they come. The combination of climate change and the advent of the "international", or "modern" wine style has changed the structure and taste profiles of most of the wines that once seduced me into this profession. These changes have driven me towards more in-depth research into future classic (cool) regions, adaptation options and the ramifications of the cessation of viticulture in many of our classic and beloved regions. To that end, I established, The Wine and Climate Change Institute, in Oxford. 


  • Wine writer, author and judge: AMAZON Author page
  • Wine and Climate Change consultant specialising in viticulture and water use, adaptation & mitigation strategies
  •  Committee Member, British Circle of Wine Writers
  • Wine Expert/Consultant for Sky News
  • Conference speaker



2018 World Conference on Climate Change and Wine, July, Oporto, Portugal

2018 Adaption Futures, June, Cape Town: Presentation of research paper “WINE OR WATER: The non-viability of wine-grape irrigation with freshwater resources. Can dry-farming save the South African wine industry?”

2016 Poster Presentation: The 1.5 Degree Paris Update, Keble College, Oxford, England.

2016 Royal Anthropological Institute’s Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change Conference, May, London, England.



Viticulture’s Global Water Footprint: An Unaffordable Luxury, Archivio Antropologico Mediterraneo, December 2017

Blind Drunk: Will we run out of water? (Working title to be published in 2019)

Wine and Climate Change: Winemaking in a New World, Burford Books, New York, 2014

Pairing Wine and Food, Burford Books, New York, 1999 and 2012

Wine Tours of the World (Alsace), New Holland, London 2002

Good Food Fine Wine, Cassell, London, 2000

The Home Cellar Guide, Cassell, London 1999

The Wine Collectors' Handbook, Lyons & Burford, New York, 1997

Quel Vin Pour Quel Plat? (Chantecler)

Dutch and other foreign editions


JURY MEMBER (wine judging)

2017 Welsh Wine Awards, Chairman of Judging Panel

2016 Welsh Wines Awards judge, Llanarch Vineyards, Vale of Glamorgan 

Blaye-Bourg International Wine Challenge, Bordeaux, France 

Challenge International du Vin, Blaye & Bourg, Bordeaux, France

Clos du Vougeot Tastevinage, Burgundy, France

Concorso Enologico Internazionale, Vinitaly, Verona, Italy

Concorso Internationale Emozioni dal Mondo, Bergamo, Italy

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Belgium

English Wine Competition, UK

Decanter Magazine, London, England (St Chinian and various)

Foire des Angers, Loire Valley, France

La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, Bourgogne, France

Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne - Chablis, Burgundy, France

Mundus Vini, Neustadt, Germany

Selection des Burgondia d'Or, Paris, France



Sotheby’s Magazine, Belmond Hotel Group, London Illustrated News, Cercle Editions, France Today (columnist), Taste Italia! Magazine (columnist), WINE (UK), The Henley Standard (columnist), Decanter, Vintage International (Editor), Wine & Spirit (UK), London Portrait, Drinks (US), The European Newspaper (Paris), Pariscene, Boulevard (Paris), The North Atlantic review (New York) and others...



Consultant, Private Market Resilience Project, GCAP (client IDB)

Viticulture Resilience Expert, Global Climate Adaptation Partnership, Oxford

CEO / Founder, The Wine and Climate Change Institute, Oxford

Vintage International Magazine UK (Editor/Publishing Director), Paris & London

(Awarded: 1997 Le Prix Louis Marinier, Bordeaux)

Visuel International, Paris, France

Boulevard Magazine, Paris, France

Paris Passion Magazine (Time Out), Paris, France

BBDO / Tracey-Locke Advertising, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Hughes Hubbard Reed law firm, Los Angeles, CA, USA






CWW - British Circle of Wine Writers (2017/18 Events Coordinator)

The Authors' Guild - New York

The Society of Authors - London

British MENSA

Women in Film and Television, London

Women of Wine, London

The Law Society, London

University Women’s’ Club, Member, Mayfair, London



2016: Diploma, Oxford Adaptation Academy, Smith School & Global Climate Adaptation Partnership

2010: Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Oxford & Oxford Brookes (OXILP)

2007: CPE / Graduate Diploma in Law from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford

2002: Advanced Screenwriting, Rewley House, University of Oxford, Oxford

1989: Rotary Graduate Fellowship, Université de Nice, France

1987: B.A. in International Relations, Scripps College, Claremont Colleges, Los Angeles

1986: Certificate de langue et civilisation française, Université de Paris IV, la Sorbonne, Paris

1986: Diplôme du Programme International, L'Institut des Etudes Politiques de Paris